Dec
19
2010
Hole Too Waterlogged? Skip It (at the South African Open)!
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Heavy rain earlier in the week almost washed out the entire first day at Durban Country Club, forcing those competing in the South African Open to play two rounds on Sunday. More showers in the morning delayed play and made the fourth hole unplayable. Seriously! Only 17 holes were played on the final day of the European Tour event, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour.

Anyone know if this has ever happened before? The hole must have been completely flooded to reduce the last two rounds to a par-69.

Ernie Els shot 64-63 on Sunday to win his fifth South African Open, holding off countryman Retief Goosen by a stroke. It appeared Els had clinched the victory after draining a 15-footer for eagle on 14 to take a four-shot lead, but Goosen charged back and birdied the last three holes.

“I knew Retief was going to come hard but I didn’t know he would come so hard,” Els said. “We go back a long way, we played junior golf together in 1983. He is a great player and he showed it again by finishing with three birdies.”

Sounds like it was an exciting duel!